2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 27, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About UCF


The University of Central Florida has come a long way since its inception in 1963. It is now a thriving, multi-campus university, with more than 68,500 students and more than 200 graduate degree programs. In addition to its physical growth, UCF has become a prominent player in graduate education nationwide, offering innovative corporate partnerships, world-renowned faculty, and cutting-edge research. “About UCF” describes the University and its mission. In addition, this section describes the people and offices that makeup UCF—including university, college, and school administration.

Mission Statement

The University of Central Florida is a public, multi-campus, metropolitan research university, dedicated to serving its surrounding communities with their diverse and expanding populations, technological corridors, and international partners. The mission of the university is to offer high-quality undergraduate and graduate education, student development, and continuing education; to conduct research and creative activities; and to provide services that enhance the intellectual, cultural, environmental, and economic development of the metropolitan region, address national and international issues in key areas, establish UCF as a major presence, and contribute to the global community.

UCF offers undergraduate education rooted in the arts and sciences, providing a broad liberal education while developing competence in fields of special interest. Unique aspects of UCF’s approach are its commitment to educating students for a world in which cooperation is as important as competition; in which societal and environmental impacts of new developments are as important as their technical merits; and in which technology, the arts, sciences, humanities, and commerce work together to shape the future.

The complexity of modern society requires comprehensive graduate and professional programs. UCF provides advanced education that matches institutional strengths with evolving regional, state, national, and international needs. It supports these advanced programs by recruiting excellent students, faculty, and staff and by supplying the infrastructure that enables these programs to achieve national prominence.

Basic and applied research, as well as creative activity, are integral parts of quality education. UCF faculty members are scholar-teachers. As such, they create new knowledge, new points of view, and new means of expression in a broad range of academic, professional, and socially significant areas. Their creativity fosters innovation as they convey their results, methods, values, and expressions to students, colleagues, and the public.

UCF works actively to build partnerships that promote the development of central Florida’s economy through carefully targeted programs of graduate study and research. The I-4 High-Technology Corridor Council, whose goal is to attract, retain, and expand high technology investment and jobs, is but the latest example of UCF’s collaboration with partners from industry, state and local government, and higher education.

Service to its community is an important extension of the metropolitan mission of the university. Public service is prominent at UCF, and the university develops partnerships with the community to enrich the educational, artistic, cultural, economic, and professional lives of those it serves in central Florida and beyond.

Education is more than a classroom experience. UCF students are involved in cooperative research and participate in artistic, social, cultural, political, and athletic activities. UCF provides academic diversity by bringing to its campus national and international leaders who expose students and the community to a wide range of views and issues. UCF achieves cultural diversity by using its multi-campus facilities to serve a diverse population of traditional and nontraditional students from various races, cultures, and nationalities.

UCF is committed to the free expression of ideas, the equality of all people, and the dignity of the individual.

UCF Story

Graduate Education that Creates Opportunities

The University of Central Florida is one of the largest pre-eminent research universities in the country. Located in Orlando, one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States, UCF benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment. UCF is a university that creates and provides opportunities for students to grow, learn and succeed.

As central Florida’s higher-education partner, UCF plays a major role in the region’s fast-paced growth through its community and corporate partnerships, its research programs, and the talents of its more than 329,000 alumni, over 68,500 students, and 7,799 faculty and staff. As a metropolitan research university, UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local impact, and the integration of technology and learning.

Centers of Excellence

UCF’s colleges include Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Business Administration, Community Innovation and Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Studies, Health Professions and Sciences, Hospitality Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Optics and Photonics.

The university’s internationally renowned colleges, centers and institutes include the College of Optics and Photonics/CREOL (Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers), Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, Nicholson School of Communication and Media, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), the Biomolecular Science Center, the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training, Center for Research in Computer Vision, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), the NanoScience Technology Center, the National Center for Forensic Science, the Florida Space Institute, National Center for Integrated Coastal Research, The Townes Laser Institute, and the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence. For additional information regarding these centers and institutes and other research programs, visit www.research.ucf.edu/centers.html.

Pride in Accomplishments

The reputation of any educational institution is best reflected in the accomplishments of its students, faculty, and alumni—and for a university that’s now more than 50 years old, UCF has moved rapidly from promise to academic prominence.

Campus Accomplishments

  • UCF ranked 10th as one of Most Innovative Schools by U.S. News & World Report (2018).
  • UCF faculty ranked 21st in the nation among public universities for the number of U.S. patents they secured and 41st in the world, according to the National Academy of Inventors.
  • Washington Monthly ranked UCF No. 45 among public universities in the nation.
  • Twenty-one UCF graduate programs were ranked in the top 100 in their respective fields by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2020. Among these are Homeland Security (7), Nonprofit Management (8), Student Counseling (9), Optics (12), Elementary Education (22), Criminal Justice (26), Industrial Engineering (35), Healthcare Management (46), Nursing (61), and Civil Engineering (65), to name a few.
  • UCF DowntownUCF Lake Nona Medical Center and UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center will provide new spaces for students to learn while gaining real-world experience.
  • UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy was named the No. 5 graduate-level video game design school in North America by The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. 

Notable Research

  • UCF researchers have developed a way to control the speed of light. Not only can they speed up a pulse of light and slow it down, but they can also make it travel backward.
  • A $20 million NASA grant was awarded continue work in the area of asteroids at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. UCF took over the operation in 2018 with a $20 million NSF grant.
  • UCF’s RESTORES Clinic has become known nationally for its innovative PTSD treatment for veterans, active-duty military members, first responders and other victims of trauma such as sexual assault and mass shootings.
  • A team of University of Central Florida researchers by using the principle of supersymmetry, have developed the first supersymmetric laser array. Their findings could have applications in surgery, drilling, and 3D laser mapping.
  • Sudipta Seal, an engineering professor and chair of UCF’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received the prestigious Materials Research Society Fellow award and the Lee Hsun Lecture award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Metal Research for his contributions to materials science research.

Degrees of Distinction

With 1,760 full-time faculty, the university offers 92 bachelor’s degrees, 85 master’s and MFA degrees, three specialist degrees, and 36 doctoral degrees as well as 81 graduate certificate programs and the Doctor of Medicine program.

The list of prominent alumni gets longer with each graduation ceremony. A sampler of notable alumni includes Shaquem Griffin, Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks, Kevin Beary, former Sheriff, Orange County, Florida; Juanita Black, president, Mental Health Association of Central Florida; Jim Atchison, President and CEO, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment; John C. Bersia, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer; Michelle Akers, World Cup Soccer Athlete, Phil Dalhausser, Olympic Gold Medalist, volleyball; Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004; Cheryl Hines, actress; R. Glenn Hubbard, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Business; George Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort; Mark Miller, country music singer/songwriter, Sawyer Brown band; William W. Parsons, Jr., Director, NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center; Angel Ruiz, president and CEO, Ericsson North America; Nicole Stott, space shuttle astronaut; Daniel Tosh, standup comedian/television host, Blake Bortles, NFL Quarterback, Robert Damron, American Professional Golfer and Diplo, American DJ and record producer.

International Impact

UCF’s growing cadre of international students adds both diversity and global connections to its central Florida community. More than 130 countries—most notably India, China, Canada, Vietnam, Jamaica, United Kingdom, and Colombia—are represented in the student body, and faculty research is taking place in areas ranging from South America to the Arctic polar ice cap.

UCF has study and research agreements with 98 institutions in 36 countries—providing learning and research opportunities for students and faculty in countries ranging from the Udmurt Republic to South Africa. The university’s Eastern Europe Linkage Institute alone maintains educational and research partnerships with 20 institutions in nine countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, and the United States. The student experience abroad does not stop in the classroom with opportunities available for students to travel internationally.

Strength in Diversity and Inclusiveness

Increasing diversity and inclusiveness is one of the central goals of UCF. The university is particularly proud of an aggressive minority recruitment plan, and minorities now account for nearly 20 percent of the faculty.

The student community includes Hispanic/Latino (18%), African-American (11%), and Asian/Pacific Islander (13%) students and represents 64 of Florida’s 67 counties, all 50 states, and 145 countries.

Partnerships and Community Service

One of UCF’s main objectives is to be America’s partnership university. Hundreds of joint projects are in place with community organizations and government agencies at all levels and corporations—ranging from collaborative research in nanoscience to neighborhood nursing clinics.

Two major partnerships target the region’s most prominent business sectors. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management will increase the university’s already significant commitment to the area’s tourism and hospitality sector. High-tech interests are being well-served by the Florida High Tech Corridor partnership—an initiative of UCF, University of South Florida and the University of Florida drive progress in the region.

Orlando and Beyond

In addition to its 1,415-acre main campus in Orlando, UCF has area campuses in Lake Nona, Southwest Orlando, and Downtown Orlando; centers in Altamonte Springs, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Ocala, Palm Bay, Sanford/Lake Mary, South Lake, Valencia East, Valencia Osceola and Valencia West giving students throughout central Florida the chance to take classes, pursue degrees, and interact with faculty and staff.

Pardon Our Dust

  • The Downtown Orlando Campus will open with 7,700 students in Fall 2019.
  • Student Union Expansions will be completed by Fall 2019 with increase space and seating from 315 to 750.
  • Phase 1A of the John C. Hitt Library is slated to open in October 2019. Phase 1 consists of a stand-alone Automatic Retrieval Center (ARC) which can store up to 750,000 volumes of library materials. 
  • The UCF Hotel on the main campus will include 179 rooms and suites, 10,000 square feet for conferences, meetings, and events, is under construction and privately funded.

Virtual Campus

UCF’s virtual campus UCF Online is leading the way in the integration of technology, teaching, and learning. Forty-five graduate degrees and tracks and 34 certificate programs are available online, in addition to many individual graduate-level courses. Essential student services, such as parking, course registration, and textbook purchases are also available online.

For more information on UCF’s online programs, visit www.ucf.edu/online.

UCF Athletics

UCF Women’s Tennis wins the American Athletic Conference.

UCF Rowing wins a fifth straight AAC Championship.

UCF Football Knights finished the regular season undefeated with a 12-0 record for the second year in a row. Back-to-back AAC Championship wins.

UCF Knights cheer team places second at UCA Nationals.

UCF Women’s Basketball team earned the program’s first at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

UCF Men’s Basketball earned their first NCAA Tournament win in program history, defeating VCU 73-58.

UCF student-athletes compiled a 3.24 GPA for the spring of 2019, which is the fifth-highest in program history. 

UCF has an overall success rate of 94 percent - the highest among US public institutions and the highest in the state of Florida.

For the fifth consecutive year, UCF student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than any other NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision public institution in the nation.

The average GPA for UCF student-athletes has exceeded the 3.0 benchmark during each term for the past eleven years, which is the longest streak in school history.

Central Florida—A great place to be

UCF is located 13 miles east of downtown Orlando, 45 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Canaveral, and 100 miles from Tampa and the Gulf of Mexico. The area boasts world-class shopping and dining, amusement parks, lakes, golf courses, jogging and biking trails, and nature preserves.

UCF—A Time of Opportunity

The time is now for UCF—one of the fastest growing, metropolitan research universities in the country and a catalyst for economic development in central Florida. Significant in size, excellent in academics, and prominent in accomplishments, the University of Central Florida is one of Florida’s leading educational assets.

The University’s culture of opportunity is driven by the diverse people it attracts, its Orlando location, its history of entrepreneurship, and its youth, relevance, and energy.


About the University

  • Status: One of 12 of Florida’s public universities
  • Location: In metropolitan Orlando area, 13 miles east of downtown Orlando
  • Carnegie Classification: Comprehensive Doctoral; Research Universities - Very High Research Activity
  • Number of Graduate Programs: 36 Doctoral, 85 Master’s, 81 Graduate Certificates, 3 Specialist Programs, and 1 Professional Program (Medicine)
  • Overall Student Enrollment in Fall 2018: 68,571
  • Graduate Enrollment in Fall 2018: 9,169, including 2,161 doctoral, 6,218 master’s, 404 certificate, 50 specialist, and 336 nondegree-seeking students
  • Class Offerings: Courses offered in Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Communications, Community Innovation and Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Studies, Health Professions and Sciences, Hospitality Management, Medicine, Nursing, Optics and Photonics, and Sciences are offered at night, online and at UCF’s regional campuses.

About UCF Graduate Students

  • Graduate Student Characteristics, Fall 2018
    • Doctoral - 55 percent full-time students, 45 percent part-time students 
    • Master’s - 40 percent full-time students, 60 percent part-time students
    • Gender - 59 percent female, 41 percent male
    • Location - 77 percent in state, 23 percent out of state
  • Average Age of Graduate Students. Fall 2018: 31 years old
  • Ethnicity of Graduate Student Population, Fall 2018
    • White, Non-Hispanic - 53.2 percent
    • African American, Non-Hispanic - 11.6 percent
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native - Less than 1 percent
    • Asian - 12.8 percent
    • Hispanic/Latino - 18.2 percent
    • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander - Less than 1 percent
    • Multi-racial - 2.0 percent
    • Not specified - 2.2 percent

Financial Support for Graduate Students

  • Assistantships - Each year over 1,500 graduate students are awarded graduate assistantships that provide financial support for their graduate education. 
  • Fellowships - Over 2 million dollars in support was awarded to doctoral and master’s students.
  • Tuition Remission - University fellows and graduate students appointed on full-time assistantships (20 hours per week) receive full resident (in-state) tuition remission. Students appointed on half-time assistantship appointments (10 hours per week) receive remission of one-half of the resident (in-state) tuition. All nonresident university fellow and graduate assistants with appointments totaling 20 hours per week are charged a “differential out-of-state fee” of $0.00.
  • Health Insurance - The College of Graduate Studies provides health insurance coverage for all university fellows and graduate assistants with appointments totaling 20 hours per week.

Research Activities 2018

Academic research fuels the innovation economy and UCF is an integral part of statewide efforts to attract, retain and grow high technology companies in Florida. UCF’s programs in engineering, optics, and photonics, and simulation and training, biomedical science, computer science and nanoscience are among the best in the nation. In 2018 UCF researchers received $183 million in contracts and grants, the largest percentage of funds coming from the federal government, which has a vested interest in advancing knowledge and fueling America’s innovation pipeline.

Research faculty are the strength behind the development of new technologies. UCF’s incubation and entrepreneurship programs help turn those technologies into companies, which in turn help those companies put products on the market.

  • Total Research Awards - $183.12 million
  • Total Federal Awards - $97.60 million
  • Total State Awards - $23.45 million
  • Total Industry Awards - $62.07 million
  • Patents - UCF holds more than 925 U.S. Patents

UCF Centers and Institutes Research

  • Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) - $2.09 million
  • Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) - $3.40 million
  • Nanoscience Technology Center - $3.40 million
  • Florida Space Institute - $12.07 million
  • Center for Research in Computer Vision - $1.43 million
  • Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) - $17.32 million

College Research

  • Education - $8.11 million
  • Engineering and Computer Science - $46.26 million
  • Medicine - $9.43 million
  • Optics and Photonics (CREOL) - $16.86 million
  • Sciences - $26.14 million

State of Florida Board of Governors

Ned C. Lautenbach, Chair
Tim Cerio
Richard Corcoran, Commissioner of Education
Shawn Felton
Patricia Frost
H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr.
Darlene L. Jordan
Sydney Kitson, Vice Chair
Alan M. Levine
Edward A. Morton
Jay S. Patel
Frederick V. Salerno
Norman D. Tripp
Fernando J. Valverde
Jalisa White, Student Representative
Zachariah P. Zachariah

University of Central Florida Board of Trustees

Robert Garvey, Chair
Ken Bradley
Joseph Conte
Danny Gaekwad
Kyler Gray, Student Trustee
John Lord
Alex Martins
Beverly Seay
William Self, Faculty Trustee
John Sprouls
David Walsh
William Yeargin

University of Central Florida Administration

Interim President of the University and Vice President, Partnerships and Chief Innovation Officer Thad Seymour, Jr.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Elizabeth A. Dooley
Vice President and General Counsel W. Scott Cole
Vice President for Government Relations Janet Owen
Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services Maribeth Ehasz
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, College of Medicine Deborah C. German
Vice President, Information Technologies Resources and Chief Information Officer Joel Hartman
Chief of Staff and Vice President for Communications and Marketing Grant Heston
Vice President for Research and Dean, College of Graduate Studies Elizabeth Klonoff
Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance Misty Shepherd
Interim Chief Financial Officer Dennis Crudele
Chief Audit Executive Robert Taft
Interim Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer Christina Serra
Vice President for Advancement and CEO, UCF Foundation Inc. Michael Morsberger
Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White

Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Elizabeth A. Dooley
Vice Provost, Digital Learning Thomas Cavanaugh
Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services Maribeth Ehasz
Vice President, Information Technologies and Resources and Chief Information Officer Joel L. Hartman
Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence Jana Jasinski
Vice Provost, UCF Connect and UCF Global J. Jeffrey Jones
Vice President, Research and Dean, College of Graduate Studies Elizabeth Klonoff
Associate Provost, Associate General Counsel Sherry Andrews
Associate Provost, Academic Program Quality and Associate Vice President, Institutional Knowledge Management Paige Borden
Associate Provost for Strategy Lisa Jones
Interim Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Interim Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies Melody Bowdon
Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Communication and Marketing Briant Coleman

Office of the Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES)

Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services Maribeth Ehasz
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Adrienne Otto Frame
Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services Gordon D. Chavis, Jr.
Associate Vice President, Administration and Student Life Sharon L. Ekern
Associate Vice President, Student Success DeLaine Priest
Associate Vice President, Student Engagement and Leadership Development Kerry Welch
Assistant Vice President, Community Support Belinda H. Hyppolite
Assistant Vice President, Learning Support Services Mark Gumble
Assistant Vice President, Budgets and Personnel David Pavlonnis
Assistant Vice President, Neighborhood Relations and Safety Education A.J. Range
Assistant Vice President, Operations Richard S. Payne
Assistant Vice President, Advising, Transfer and Career Services Chanda Torres
University Registrar Brian Boyd
Executive Director, Career Services Lynn Hansen
Executive Director, Housing and Residence Life April Hicks-Konvalinka
Executive Director, Student Accessibility Services Adam Meyer
Executive Director, Student Health Services Michael Deichen
Executive Director, Recreation and Wellness Center James Wilkening
Executive Director Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Assistant Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Dana Juntunen
Executive Director, TRIO Programs Rebekah McCloud
Executive Directo, Florida Consortium for Metropolitan Research Universities Michael Preston

Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Vice President, Research and Dean, College of Graduate Studies Elizabeth Klonoff
Associate Vice President, Research and Scholarship Debra Reinhart
Assistant Vice President, Research and Innovation Michael Macedonia
Assistant Vice President, Research Administration Dorothy Yates
Acting Senior Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies Winston Schoenfeld
Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies Devon Jensen
Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies Barbara Fritzsche
Assistant Dean, College of Graduate Studies Jennifer Parham

Office of the Vice Provost for Division Teaching and Learning and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies

Interim Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Interim Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies Melody Bowdon
Associate Vice Provost for Curriculum and Academic Services, Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies Keisha Hoerrner
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies and Interim Director, UCF Abroad Wayne Bowen
Assistant Dean Academic Planning, College of Undergraduate Studies Harrison Oonge
Assistant Dean Academic Planning, College of Undergraduate Studies, Director, Undergraduate Research Kimberly Schneider
Assistant Vice President for Operational Excellence and Assessment Support Patrice Lancey
Director, Academic Advancement Programs Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries
Interim Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Ann Miller
Director, EXCEL Program Melissa Dagley
Director, Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising Erin Myszkowski
Director, Quality Enhancement Program Anna Jones
Director, Experiential Learning Jason Jude Smith

Office of Vice President for Government Relations

Vice President for Government Relations Janet Owen
Senior Associate Vice President, Government Relations Fred Kittinger
Assistant Vice President for University Relations and Director, Federal Relations Greg Schuckman

Division of Communications and Marketing

Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Chief of Staff Grant J. Heston
Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Patrick Burt
Assistant Vice President for Communications Chad Binette
Executive Director, WUCF TV Phil Hoffman